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Westside artists take home Annual Artforce Awards

17 February, 2015

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is congratulating the winners of the 16th Annual Artforce Awards (announced last night), including Petrie Terrace State School students and Gemma Garcia for their traffic signal box paintings in Ashgrove and Paddington.

Local Councillor Peter Matic (Toowong Ward) said Petrie Terrace State School in Paddington were the winners of the Best School category with their work ‘Out Little Town’.

“The students have done an outstanding job with their artwork Our Little Town. The painting shows two residents dancing and enjoying the leafy, harmonious suburb, at Castlemaine and Caxton Streets in Paddington (outside Iceworks),” Cr Matic said.

“Ms Garcia from Ashgrove took out the jointly shared runner up category, decorated a box at Ashgrove with her piece entitled ‘Drive responsibly and enjoy life’ which is a beautiful representation of a woman dancing on Waterworks Road, near Killawarra Avenue.”

The Lord Mayor said the Artforce Awards recognise the creativity of local artists who donated their time to brighten up Brisbane’s suburbs.

“These awards are about recognising the artists behind the traffic signal boxes for the time, effort and talent that they put into creating original works of art across our city,” Cr Quirk said.

“Over the past 16 years the painted traffic signal boxes have become a favourite artistic feature of the city, and add to the cultural and visual appeal of local areas.

“There are currently more than 1000 traffic signal boxes that make up Brisbane’s ‘drive-through gallery’, enhancing traffic zones and providing splashes of public art across the city.”

Cr Quirk said the 16th Annual Artforce Award Winners were:
• Overall Winner: Jo and Wil Lias from Camp Hill with ‘Waiting at the pedestrian crossing’ at Old Cleveland Road (pedestrian crossing) near Mayfield Street, Carina. See their work here: http://www.urbansmartprojects.com/tsbs/view/3339
• Joint runner up (jointly shared): Kellie Douglas from Annerley with ‘Magic City’ at Logan Road and Juliette Streets, Greenslopes. See her work here: http://www.urbansmartprojects.com/tsbs/view/3378 and Gemma Garcia from Ashgrove with ‘Drive Responsibly and Enjoy life’ at Waterworks Road (pedestrian crossing) near Killawarra Avenue, Ashgrove. See her work here: http://www.urbansmartprojects.com/tsbs/view/3360
• Best 12 and Under: Aedan Lias from Camp Hill with ‘Changes of Camp Hill’ at Old Cleveland Road and Boundary Road, Camp Hill. See his work here: http://www.urbansmartprojects.com/tsbs/view/3340
• Best 18 and Under: Music Industry College (Fortitude Valley) students Nirvana Selwood, Isabella Harris, Catie Graham, Shaun Foster & Clay Cassar-Daley with ‘China Town’ at Brunswick Street (pedestrian crossing) near the train station entrance, Fortitude Valley. See their work here: http://www.urbansmartprojects.com/tsbs/view/3363
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• Best School: Petrie Terrace State School in Paddington with ‘Our Little Town’ at Castlemaine and Caxton Streets, Paddington. See their work here: http://www.urbansmartprojects.com/tsbs/view/3333
• Best Organisation (jointly shared): Yellowhouse from Holland Park with ‘Funky Town’ at Eagle Street pedestrian crossing near Eagle Lane, Brisbane City. See their work here: http://www.urbansmartprojects.com/tsbs/view/3268 and Art St from Norman Park with ‘The Street Gallery’ at Brunswick and Arthur Streets, Fortitude Valley. See their work here: http://www.urbansmartprojects.com/tsbs/view/3305

For more information on Artforce or to volunteer to paint a traffic signal box, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/artforce or contact Urban Smart Projects on 3211 7178 or visit www.urbansmartprojects.com.

[Ends] FEBRUARY 17, 2015

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